4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099

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Lot 457
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé,
Registration no. Registration no. TGC 553E Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099

Sold for £ 33,350 (US$ 40,869) inc. premium
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé

Registration no. Registration no. TGC 553E
Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099


  • Few cars have captured a nation's imagination more than the Ford Mustang did when it was introduced in 1964. The original 'Pony Car', the Mustang established itself as one of the cult cars of the 1960s, thanks in part to its numerous high-visibility roles in Hollywood films. It became an instant success and then in 1968 the Steve McQueen film 'Bullitt' turned it into a legend overnight. In one of the most spectacular car chases ever seen in a motion picture, Steve McQueen's maverick cop wowed audiences as he pursued two hit men in a high-speed chase through the streets of San Francisco. The resulting scene promptly became an unforgettable part of cinematic history and confirmed the Mustang as one of the all time classics.
    This car's VIN code reveals that it was manufactured in the 1967 model year at San Jose, California complete with fastback body and the 390ci (6.4-litre) 'four-barrel' high-performance V8 engine. In addition the DSO tag confirms that it was built on 21st September and equipped with two front bucket seats, black interior, four-speed manual transmission and the optional limited-slip differential. The car was delivered to Los Angeles, California.
    In 2008 this car completed an exhaustive, professional, bare metal restoration totalling over 2,000 man-hours using original Ford or American high-performance parts. The comprehensive rebuild included the replacement of any damaged or corroded body panels and the replacement of all chrome and brightwork with new parts. A complete new deluxe interior was fitted, including new carpets, head linings, seating upholstery and the rare overhead console with integrated map lights. The original wood grain dashboard, instrumentation and door panel inserts have been kept to maintain the character of the car.
    Replicating the original 'Bullitt' Mustang, the exterior is finished in the correct Highland Green metallic paint supplied by Dupont and, as per the film car, it is devoid of any insignias and has blacked-out grille and tail lamp details. As such, it is virtually indistinguishable from the original vehicle in which Steve McQueen raced through the streets of San Francisco. Mechanically, the car has been fully rebuilt and is very powerful. The original 390ci 'Big Block' V8 has been re-bored, the crankshaft reground, new pistons and bearings fitted and all reciprocating parts fully balanced. It is now unleaded compatible.
    New timing chains, oil pump, water pump and gaskets have been fitted. The cylinder heads are new aluminium Edelbrock Performer Series with polished ports while the camshaft is a Crower high-lift complete with roller rockers and solid lifters. A new Holley high-performance carburettor supplies the gas via an aluminium Edelbrock dual-plane inlet manifold and secondary vacuum for smooth running. The free-flow, four-branch exhaust manifold has been custom-built and finished with a pair of FlowMaster Delta Flow exhaust sections, which sound sensational. As a result, this engine now far exceeds the 320bhp maximum output of the original. To handle this increase, a new up-rated 11" performance clutch assembly, fully rebuilt original Mustang four-speed, top-loader gearbox, an overhauled 9" rear axle and limited-slip differential have been fitted also.
    To ensure reliability, the cooling system has been renewed with all new hoses, belts and a three-core radiator. The electrics have been completely updated with a new coil, distributer, high-performance Petronix performance plug leads, new 140 amp alternator, new starter motor, battery, new lighting and wiper motor.
    The vehicle's excellent handling comes courtesy of Koni shock absorbers, power steering and American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels shod with 15" x 7" front and 15" x 8½" rear BF Goodrich tyres. The steering and suspension has been stabilised with a Monte Carlo bar, export brace, front and rear heavy-duty sway bars and up-rated front anti-roll bar. A full front and rear disc brake package by Wilwood provides the braking required to handle the power of the up-rated engine. To ensure interior comfort and counter the heat generated within the engine bay, a high tech Dynamatt heat/sound insulation lining was bonded to the entire floor pan and door linings of the car's bare shell. Before being finished, the entire underside was sprayed with protective paint and on completion sprayed with a final coat of Waxoyl treatment.
    At the completion of the restoration the vehicle was imported to the UK and at the end of 2008 it was authenticated, inspected by the DVLA and registered as an historic vehicle with age-related plates. Subsequently registered in the UK as '73 GT', this vehicle has – perhaps uniquely – been converted to right-hand drive using original Ford Australia parts. After a few post-restoration miles, in 2009 the previous vendor commissioned Roy Holmes's award-winning Mustang Workshop to comprehensively test, service, readjust, tune and improve this exceptionaly fast car. Purchased by the current owner at Bonhams 2009 Goodwood Revival Auction, since then the car has benefitted from a new exhaust system by Flowmaster, the tracking and steering geometry have been checked and adjusted and the brakes have been serviced and adjusted. Since which the car has been used sparingly. The vehicle is offered with a full photographic record of the restoration, sundry invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.
    This unique car is not just an ordinary Mustang; it has been restored to a far higher standard than the original and has the look, sound and - even more so - the authentic feel of the car Steve McQueen drove in the legendary chase. Converted to right-hand drive and built for reliable everyday use, it embodies the dream of driving a perfect recreation of the world's most famous Mustang.
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
4571967 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Fastback Coupé, Chassis no. Chassis no. 7R02S108099
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